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HSE seek to dispel working at height myths

29 January 2014

As part of the government’s commitment to remove or improve health and safety red tape for employers the HSE has launched an overhaul of its guidance on working at height.

The HSE also aims to dispel some of the common myths associated with working at height which often trouble and confuse employers. The new guidance is clearer and simpler, setting out the do’s and don’ts when working at height.

40 people are killed and 4,000 people suffer major injuries from falls at height every year and to be clear, the Regulations themselves have not changed. The new guidance in itself does not reduce the burden on employers for protecting those employees working at height, but does provide guidance to assist employers successfully manage those risks sensibly and proportionately.

The Government has committed to dropping or changing 3,000 regulations, but not all will relate to health and safety. What is clear however is that change is on the horizon.

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